With life's hectic pace, very few consumers pay attention to receipts from retailers. Clearly noted at the bottom of a receipt is a reference to "state tax" and "local tax." Wisconsin collects a sales and use tax of 5 percent and almost all of the 72 counties impose an additional half-of-a-percent tax. St. Croix County's optional tax has been on the books for decades. Other counties are still coming to the party. Brown County began its half-cent tax on Jan. 1, 2018 and Calumet will begin collecting on April 1.
Whether it's East L.A. or East Overshoe, there may be occasional coffee shop chatter that your community is on the brink. First, don't believe it. And second, find inspiration in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In early 2011, Newsweek magazine published a list of America's dying cities. Grand Rapids, sometimes referred to as Bland Rapids, made the unenviable list. Seven years later, Rand McNally and even satellite intel suggest Grand Rapids is alive, well, and thriving.
Older Americans will likely recall when Nov. 11 and Veterans Day were known as Armistice Day, so-named to mark the armistice treaty ending World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month back in1918 (wow, almost 100 years ago). WWI veterans returned to their hometowns and found opportunity. Some returned to the farm. Some helped populate growing cities and were part of the era when industrialization ruled. Some furthered their education and had long careers in education, business or government.
Woodrow Wilson (Woody) Guthrie, the folk singer who found inspiration from the Dust Bowl era, may be best remembered for writing "This Land is Your Land." A key line in the ballad is, "As I was walking that ribbon of highway, I saw above me that endless skyway." The term, "ribbon of highway" creates a dark image of desperate Okies from Oklahoma migrating to California on bad two-lane roads during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Has the economic impact of high school football games across the U.S. ever been measured? Win or lose on Fridays, my unscientific reasoning includes ticket sales, concessions, benefit raffles, pre-game meals, convenience store stops, new sports apparel, and post-game wrap-up sessions, commonly referred to as parties.